Incident Summary:

07/20/2010: On Tuesday morning around 0900, at a border post in Liboi, North Eastern, Kenya, unidentified assailants from Somalia fired upon a Kenyan border patrol, injuring one General Service Unit officer and killing another. No damage was reported and no group claimed responsibility, but the militant group al-Shabaab was thought to be responsible for the attack.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

North Eastern


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Kenyan Border Security
Specific Description General Service Unit border patrol officers
Nationality of Target Kenya
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Unknown firearms were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Shabaab (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Noor Ali, "Kenyan Forces, Al Shabaab Rebels Clash on Border," Reuters, July 20, 2010,
Jane’s Intelligence, “Shabab Militants from Somalia Wound Kenyan Soldier in Border Region,” Terrorism Watch Report, July 21, 2010.
Africa News, "Kenya; Militia Kills Officer in Border Attack," LexisNexis Academic, Nation, July 20, 2010.